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ISBN-13: 978-4717684647 ISBN-10: 4717684648

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (February 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4717684648
  • ISBN-13: 978-4717684647
  • ASIN: 0471768464
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an informative read..." (Accounting Technician, May 2006)

From the Back Cover

Understand what Congress really intended when it passed Sarbanes-Oxley

Whether you're a CEO or a small business owner, complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act won't be simple. Fortunately, this easy, plain-English guide explains all the bill's provisions and gives you and your firm an effective framework for implementation. Sarbanes-Oxley For Dummies gives you all the help you need to comply with the law — and maintain your credibility.

Discover how to

  • Minimize compliance costs in every area of your company
  • Create an efficient audit committee
  • Survive a Section 404 audit
  • Avoid litigation under SOX
  • Purchase and use SOX software solutions

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
Douglas J. Tucker
Sarbanes-Oxley for Dummies provides a valuable introduction to this significant development in corporate governance.
Richard A. Kranitz
As I said earlier, the book provides a good quick and dirty overview.
Christopher Byrne

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Douglas J. Tucker on October 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
The author has somehow found a way to make this incredibly arcane subject interesting and easy to digest. This book, unlike every other SOX book I have seen, is filled with practice tips, checklists and witty commentary and is written in a way that makes the statute and the SEC's rules easy to understand for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. It also provides other key sources of SOX information and is a pleasure to read. She should consider changing the title to "Sarbanes-Oxley for Lawyers, Executives and other Dummies who Don't Have the Time or Patience to Wade Through the Other Dry and Boring Books on the Subject". I highly recommend this book to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Byrne on February 23, 2006
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For some people, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 represents pain and expense. For others it represents opportunity. For almost everybody, it represents confusion, misunderstanding and uncertainty. This statement goes for CEOs, CIOs, staff, and even the outside auditors. So how does one explain it in as straight forward and simply as possible? One place to start would be to hand them a copy of the Jill Gilbert Welytok's Sarbanes-Oxley for Dummies (2006, John Wiley and Sons, 384 Pages, ISBN 0471768464). While not perfect, the book will provide a quick and dirty overview of SarBox, its history, its historical context, what it requires, and more importantly, what it does not require.

The book starts out with the saga of SarBox. The author covers the political environment, loopholes that existed before the legislation, and how the legislation sought to close them. The author also attempts to debunk myths about SarBox. For this reader, the most important myth is that "internal control means data security". The author states up front and for all to hear that SarBox does not specify any specific data security requirements. This is something all auditors and auditees need to hear and accept.

Chapter 2 covers "SOX in 60 Seconds", or what a sales person might call the "elevator pitch". Essentially this is the who, what, where and why. From here, the author goes into more details about how SarBox fits into the context of other securities regulations and laws. An important part of this chapter (Chapter 3) is the discussion why private companies should and do care are about the legislation and rules. In Chapter 4, SarBox and how it ties into specific financial statements such as the income statement and balance sheet.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dcarp54 on January 23, 2007
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I am a CPA that has been doing ERP and tax related work. I accepted a position for a corporate client doing SOX compliance. The book gave a great overview on the SOX issue. I recommend this book if you are needing to familiarize yourself with SOX.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Warad, CFO on February 26, 2006
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This is actually a pretty sophisticated reference book. I was surprised to see a Sarbanes-Oxley Dummies book, and ended up taking a look at it more out of curiousity than anything. It turned out to be just what I needed to get a better understanding in this area, as the CFO of a company that is about to be acquired and will soon have to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley. I bought a number of books on the subject and this is surprisingly the most useful reference. I think it also great that the author, an attorney and CPA, put her contact information in the book in case readers have questions and she is starting a special update website and forum for Sarbanes-Oxley professionals. I do wish the book reviewed more products and hope the the author posts information on her Website about SOX products that are available and other professionals take time to do the same.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on July 6, 2006
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Sarbanes-Oxley (usually called SOX) was a congressional response to a bunch of big time business failures such as Enron. The law was rather rushed through to wide bi-partisan support. In their rush, Congress passed a pretty general law almost an outline, leaving the details to be defined by the Securities and exchange Commission (SEC). As with a lot of such laws, we have:

1. What it appears that Congress intended.

2. What the SEC has issued.

3. What the courts have subsequently ruled.

This book presents the whole story of SOX from a high overhead view, and it does so in a surprisingly entertaining way for what is basically an accounting book. The author seems to have not only a theoretical understanding of SOX but presents a view of 'Here's the rules, then here's the real rules, then this is what the future rules might look like.'

All in all, SOX is the biggest change in the accounting rules in decades. While it was intended for big public companies it has become the standard by which even small private companies are held. The cost of compliance is huge, and may make a big change in the overall ability of new companies to get started.

SOX also reaches down to the employee level, even in some cases to quite low level employees.

This is the best book I've seen on trying to make sense out of SOX and all its implications.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Lapotka on March 9, 2006
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My previous experience with SOX has been as an auditor focusing on Section 404 compliance. This book provided an easy to read and interesting overview of all the aspects of the SOX law. It gave me a good understanding of what the law was intended to accomplish by providing oversight and ensuring independence for auditors, directly making CEOs and CFOs responsible and accountable for accurate reporting and effective controls, and compelling companies to provide information that investors can rely on. Also provides a facinating history of the sordid events that lead to its passage. I recommend it even for audit and accounting professionals.
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I'm a patent and trademark attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I've written Independent Inventors' Handbook, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks,Tradesecrets and Licensing (Penguin/Putnam Press 2004) and Sarbanes-Oxley for Dummies (Wiley & Sons 2006).

My firm Absolute Technology Law Group, LLC currently represent over 200 private sector clients, as well as federal research institutions and individuals. We have offices in Milwaukee Wisconsin and in Fairfax, Virgina near the United States Patent Office.

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